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Wooden Shjips
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Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.


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One of Oakland's premiere live music clubs, The Night Light has been going strong for three years, and the venue wants to celebrate with a massive party! The Night Light has booked over 650 live performances and is gearing up to throw a three day bash that includes 25 bands, 12 DJs, 6 comedians and whatever else they may have up their sleeves to make sure you know they appreciate your business and attendance!

A party: If you want it, we advise you to go and get it.
We have a link to the full line up right here for you.

April 24, 2015
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The popular San Francisco based garage noise band, Wild Moth will be supporting Domino Records artist, Alex G at Bottom of the Hill on May 24th. As the micro scenes of the Bay Area begin to grow smaller and smaller, we're happy that Wild Moth and their long time scene mates, Happy Diving will be sharing a bill with one another yet again. Some bands just go together like chocolate and peanut butter. So, if you're into yummy treats like that, you should head down to BOTH and support a couple of cool local bands.

Headlinging the show will be the Philidelphia based musician, Alex G's music is weird, loud and seemingly lofi if not simply recorded to give you that "bedroom recording" effect. If it has been a while since you've attended a decent avant-noise show, this would be the one to check out!

April 24, 2015
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San Francisco based psych gospel rock band, Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah have a show coming up tomorrow night at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. They'll be performing live with psych band, Triptides, mod revivalist band, The Electric Magpie and surf metal band, Father Howl! This is guaranteed to be a mind melting rock experience presented by psychedelic visual artist and promoter Mad Alchemy. Make sure you support local music and build up as much psych rock enthusiasm your mind, body and soul can muster!!

April 21, 2015
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San Francisco based avant noise band, Impuritan will be performing live at Brick and Mortar Hall on April 21st. Do your best to mosey down to the mission district after baking (we assume) all day on 4/20! Desert indie rock band, The Arabs will bring a mellow and creatively angelic style of rock to the stage after The Family Flaw play their revivalist vintage rock to open up a night of pure underground rock and roll.

Have a fun Tuesday night out at Brick and Mortar Music Hall and support independent bands!

April 20, 2015
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Oakland based R&B soul pop band, Antique Naked Soul will be performing tonight at New Parish in support of the Oakland based soul band, Fantastic Negrito. You might have heard about Fantastic Negrito as he and his musical outfit recently won NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, winning him a lot of media adoration and music industry attention. You can check out why Fantastic Negrito was able to beat out over 7,000 other bands and musicians for NPR'S winning title TONIGHT.

Get there early to check out the San Francisco based soul music and "chakra rock" artist, Nikki Borodi. This may be one of your last chances to see Fantastic Negrito perform in an intimate venue because his career is rising to new heights! Don't miss this show!

April 17, 2015
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The San Francisco based neo psych revivalist band, The Spiral Electric has recently released their debut EP entitled, Upon Your Shore EP. The album opens with a heavy washed out stream of sound that creates waves of low end that includes a bass line dancing around a droney intro before morphing into a new movement of music that resembles the melody style of The Small Faces and The Dandy Warhols. The album meanders into the third track, Take the Drop which draws from a Latin psych style and moves away from highlighting the lead vocals of Clay Andrews, and showcases the band's instrumental psych rock compositional skills. Never Forget is a classic Spiral Electric song that has been played live a number of times. The slow ballad is sure to bring comfort and nostalgia to the band's loyal music community and fans.

The album's final song, Envy takes on the classic Paisley Underground sound mixed with Spiral Electric's subtle flare and their uncanny Brian Jonestown Massacre influence. Upon Your Shore EP is a great debut release that opens a lot of doors for the band to build upon what is already a strong and focused musical foundation.

April 14, 2015
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